Build Bungalow Cost

How much does it cost to build a bungalow-style home?

Bungalows are unique due to several factors - first they use top of the line materials, larger footprints, and tend to be a single floor with many extra interior and exterior features. For the purpose of this discussion we will look at the cost of constructing a traditional bungalow-style home. According to home industry statistics, the size of the average bungalow is 1800 square feet which assumes a "footprint" of approximately 30'x60' per unit.

The building of a bungalow home would never be a "DIY" project and demands a knowledgeable contractor, an architect, a team of subcontractors, and an active owner to get the job done in a calendar year.

For the building of a bungalow of 1800 square feet, the typical costs include:

  • With luxury-range materials, a masonry foundation with full basement, custom doors and windows, high-end appliances, a fireplace, and "turnkey" finishing would cost approximately $473,250 to complete. This does not include acquisition of the land, however, which is a significant issue due to the large footprint of the building.
  • The above figures place this construction at a $263 per square foot cost, though national average stands at $125 for most contractors (remember that bungalows use many Arts and Crafts or custom finishes). This pricing structure assumes that carpenters, masons and excavators charge an average of $70 per hour, electricians between $65 to $85 per hour, painters between $20 and $35 per hour and plumbers between $45 and $65 per hour.
  • Materials would cost around $234,000, labor would cost roughly $227,300, machine costs would stand at roughly $11,800 and the contractor would take in over $67,000 for the project.

Cost breakout

What is included:

  • The basic structure of this building would be best if left in an uncomplicated "four square" design. Most owners rely on both an architect and a contractor, and the architect will require approximately 10 - 17% of the total building budget;
    • An architect will:
      • Determine the scope of the project and establish a preliminary budget;
      • Draft list of proposed work, budget, and outline of plans;
      • Create the schematic design and draft floor plans with elevation drawings. Then work with any structural engineers and meet with planning agencies to verify any requirements;
      • Finalize drawings and incorporate all details about materials and finishes, any fixtures or equipment, and all systems in the structure;
      • Serve as the overall manager and review the plans with any required local agencies while also obtaining necessary permits;
      • Serve in an advisory capacity to select contractor and help the client through the bid review process as well;
      • Complete construction documents;
      • Administer the construction, ensure that contractor's requests for payments are accurate and that all "final" details are corrected or finished by the contractor; and
      • Based on figures given the architect on this project would receive from $47,300 to $80,400 for their services.
    • A contractor will:
      • Provide the services and materials required for the entire job;
      • Hire subcontractors according to need;
      • Suggest plans and ideas to owner to help them meet goals;
      • Deliver final cleanup of entire home;
      • Pull all permits for work and utility installation; and
      • For doing all of the day to day management of the project the average contractor earns around $85 to $125 per square foot. They might also "mark up" supplies and services as well. For example, on the bungalow project described here the contractor would earn around 14% of the budget and account for roughly $67,200 in markup and indirect fees.
    • A general bungalow construction project will cover:
      • Bath fixtures
      • Built In Appliances
      • Cabinets
      • Carpeting
      • Countertops
      • Doors
      • Excavation
      • Exterior Finish
      • Exterior Trim
      • Final Cleanup
      • Finish Carpentry
      • Finish Hardware
      • Flooring
      • Foundation, Piers, Flatwork
      • Heating and Cooling Systems
      • Insulation
      • Insurance
      • Interior Wall Finish
      • Lighting Fixtures
      • Painting
      • Permits & Utilities
      • Plans & Specs
      • Plumbing Fixtures
      • Plumbing Rough-in and Connection
      • Roofing, Flashing, Fascia
      • Rough Carpentry
      • Rough Hardware
      • Unit Heating and Cooling
      • Windows
      • Wiring
      • and more